New Orleans Tourism: How to Spend 48 Hours

Originally posted on Pink Pangea.

Start off your day with breakfast at the Camellia Grill. You can sample the famousNew Orleans sandwiches, the Po’ Boy and the Muffaletta or try the delicious pancakes and omelettes. The people that work here will be sure to put a smile on your face, as they’re always extremely friendly.

Magazine Street

Two of my favourite streets in New Orleans are Uptown – Magazine and Freret. On Magazine Street you can find District Donuts, where they have different, exciting flavours of donuts every day. Some of the flavours include beignet, wedding cake, maple bacon, and more. I would also recommend the tofu slider for veggies. The Rum House is also a great place to go for cocktails and Caribbean food. For drinks, try the blueberry mojito at St. Joe’s, made with real blueberries. The patio ceiling of the bar is covered with cute red lanterns. If you like vintage shopping, check out Buffalo Exchange and Funky Monkey. In Buffalo Exchange you can bring in your unwanted clothes to swap for store credit and find some great bargains.

New Orleans Tourism: How to Spend 48 Hours
District Donuts; photo by kimberlykauer (Creative Commons)

Freret Street

Freret Street has loads of great restaurants; Origami for Japanese, Mint Modern Bistro and Bar for Vietnamese, Dat Dog for hotdogs, (they do everything from veggie to alligator!) and Ancora for Italian. Ancora has a pizza oven where they cook the pizza for you in less than 90 seconds! For live music, go to Gasa Gasa to see bands like Waxahatchee and Speedy Ortiz, as well as local Loyola talent. Bloomin’ Deals is another good place to go for second-hand clothes. Twice a year they do a bag day where you can fill up a bag with as much as you want for only $10.

New Orleans Tourism: How to Spend 48 Hours
Ancora Pizzaria; photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans (Creative Commons)

Arts District

Formerly known as the Warehouse District, the Arts District has many museums and galleries including the WWII Museum and Odgen Gallery of Southern Art. You can sometimes catch live music, and try local food and drinks at events hosted by the Ogden, while looking at the art. Every Sunday at the music venue, the Howlin’ Wolf, you can check out the Hot 8 Brass Band.

48 Hours in New Orleans
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City Park

Hop on the red streetcar in the French Quarter to get to City Park. This is the home ofNOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art) and a sculpture garden. In the autumn the park hosts Voodoo Music Festival, where bands such as Outkast and the Foo Fighters have played. In the winter, Celebration in the Oaks is held in the park. You can hear carol singers and see the trees covered in Christmas lights.

New Orleans Tourism: How to Spend 48 Hours
City Park Bridge III; photo by Jodi Grove (Creative Commons)

Be sure to visit Frenchmen Street for free live music every night, and the evening Art Market. Try the infamous New Orleans beignets at Café du Monde before wandering around the French Market for some souvenirs. Don’t miss the beautiful Jackson Square and Cathedral. If you need to take shelter from a summer downpour, watch a film at the Theatres at Canal Place. It’s a dine-in cinema where the waiters bring you your meal while you watch.

In the evening, head over to the Bywater to visit Bacchanal. It’s a wine bar that has a large patio and live music. Enjoy your time in New Orleans!

New Orleans Tourism: How to Spend 48 Hours
Ciara studied in New Orleans for a year.
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